Despite a coaching change late in the hiring process and after signing day, only one of Colorado’s 2020 recruits asked for a release from his national letter of intent.
On Friday, he changed his mind.
Will Anglen, a defensive back from Cleveland, announced his decision to stick with the Buffaloes on Instagram. He posted a picture of himself in a CU uniform at Folsom Field and wrote, “Y’all Knew The Decision!! #nationaldecisionday”
With Anglen on board again, the entire 2020 class – 20 high school players, three junior college transfers, two four-year transfers – remains intact.
Like the rest of the 2020 class, Anglen signed with CU when Mel Tucker was still head coach. A week after signing day, Tucker abruptly left CU to take the head coaching job at Michigan State.
During the transition and after Karl Dorrell was hired on Feb. 23, the staff worked to keep the class intact. Anglen was the only player to ask for a release from his national letter of intent. According to CU, it was because of a family illness, but a connection to Tucker likely played a role, as well.
Anglen grew up in Cleveland, which is Tucker’s home town, and played for coach Ted Ginn at Glennville High School. Tucker has had a long relationship with Ginn, including recruiting his son, Ted Ginn Jr., to Ohio State in 2004.
While Tucker won’t be in Boulder, Anglen appears ready to rejoin the Buffs when players are allowed to return to campus.
Anglen, who is 6-foot-3, 195 pounds, is projected to play safety, where the Buffs are thin on depth. He could also play cornerback.
In addition to defense, Anglen also played quarterback and returned punts and kickoffs for the Tarblooders, who went 7-4 and won the Senate Conference last fall.
Anglen has a three-star rating from 247Sports.com and Rivals.com and chose the Buffs over Cincinnati on signing day, taking his initial decision down to the wire. He had nine total offers, with CU being his lone Power 5 conference offer.
Anglen’s decision puts CU at 86 projected scholarship players for next season – one above the NCAA maximum.